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NEW KCG MARKET STRUCTURE ANALYSIS INDICATES SEC's TICK SIZE PILOT HAS IMPLICATIONS BEYOND SPREADS
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - July 14, 2014 - KCG Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: KCG) today announced that it has published market commentary, "Who Gets the Short End of the 'Tick?" by Phil Mackintosh, Head of Trading Strategy and Analysis. The data-driven report includes the following findings regarding the potential impact of the Security & Exchange Commission's pilot program to widen tick sizes.
"The breadth of securities covered by the proposed pilot, if implemented market wide, is significant. With well over half of all stocks potentially meeting the thresholds and possibly subject to five-cent increments, this proposal could become a major market structure development," Mr. Mackintosh said. "At the same time, trade-at rules will be tested without also testing the impact of inter-related market structure issues, such as exchange fee structures and locked market rules. To be sure, the pilot should deepen liquidity at the NBBO to great benefit. But there remain concerns that widening spreads will have negative consequences for the U.S. markets by eroding our global lead in many market quality measures including trading costs, liquidity, and robust derivatives and ETFs trading."
On June 25, 2014, the SEC announced its order to the national exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to develop a 12-month pilot program to widen minimum quoting and trading increments, or tick sizes, for certain small-cap stocks. The SEC seeks data to assess if wider tick sizes will enhance market quality. The pilot includes stocks with a market capitalization of $5 billion or less; an average daily trading volume of one million shares or less; and a share price of $2 per share or more. The exchanges and FINRA must submit a plan detailing the pilot program by August 25, 2014, after which it will be published for public comment.